The Glory of Grace: Introduction to the Puritans in Their Own Words
Who were the Puritans? What did they seek to achieve? What were their successes and failures? Are they of any importance to Christians today? We firmly believe that all Christians need to discover the important story of how these...
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Who were the Puritans? What did they seek to achieve? What were their successes and failures? Are they of any importance to Christians today?
We firmly believe that all Christians need to discover the important story of how these men and women sought to follow Jesus Christ. Their convictions resulted in a brave and joyful faith, and the writing they have left us on the Christian life continues to be a rich resource for our own discipleship. Meeting the Puritans by listening to them has enriched both of us more than we can express. And so, in The Glory of Grace, we want to introduce you to people who had a deep love for Jesus Christ and a great vision for the Christian life. We all have much to learn...
Each chapter contains a concise introduction followed by carefully selected excerpts from key Puritan works, together with suggestions for further reading.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: The Puritans vii
1 Richard Sibbes on Assurance 1
2 Thomas Goodwin on the Holy Spirit 17
3 Samuel Rutherford on Covenant Confidence 29
4 William Bridge on Suffering 43
5 Jeremiah Burroughs on Contentment 59
6 Anne Bradstreet on Loss 73
7 John Owen on Communion with God 89
8 Richard Baxter on Everyday Discipleship 103
9 John Bunyan on Faith 123
10 John Flavel on Providence 139
11 Thomas Boston on the Bible 155
Dr Tim Chester is the pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, UK, and is a faculty member at The Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy. He is part of the Crowded House, a church planting initiative in Sheffield, UK, and is founder and co-director of the Porterbrook Seminary, a college-level theological training and ministry institute. He was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund and tutor in missiology at Cliff College.
Tim is the author of over thirty books of theology and history, ranging from the popular to the specialised, including Mission and the Coming of God: Eschatology, the Trinity and Mission in the Theology of Jurgen Moltmann (Paternoster); The Message of Prayer (Inter-Varsity Press); From Creation to New Creation (Paternoster); Good News to the Poor (Inter-Varsity Press); Delighting in the Trinity (Monarch); The Busy Christians Guide to Busyness (Inter-Varsity Press); and You can change: God's transforming power for our sinful behaviour and negative emotions (Inter-Varsity Press).
Tim is co-author of The Gospel-Centered Church (The Good Book Co), The World We All Want (Authentic) and Total Church (Inter-Varsity Press) and series editor of The Good Book Guides.
Tim is married to Helen, and they have two daughters.